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  • UBB Miners Memorial Monument
    UBB Miners Memorial Monument
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    Reverse side of the monument
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  • Interpretive Signage Area
    Interpretive Signage Area
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  • Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial

    The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is located near Beckley in Whitesville, WV. It is a roadside memorial to 29 miners killed in a coal mine explosion on April 5th, 2010. Three distinct parts make up the memorial- the UBB Miners Monument, First Responders Tribute Bronze and an interpretive signage area that serves as an introduction to the events...

  • Mountain Farmstead

    Behind the youth museum a pathway leads to and through a very interesting Mountain Farmstead. Here you will find a collection of old buildings that recreates a complete self-sufficient farmstead from the days before electricity, modern conveniences or even grocery stores.The buildings, mostly log structures, are open for you to explore, along with...

  • Pemberton Coal Camp Church

    At the Pemberton Coal Camp Church you can enjoy the spirit of old time religion that still lingers within the walls of the church from years gone by. The Pemberton Coal Camp Church was built in the Coal Camp of Pemberton, West Virginia in 1921, where it was the center of the community. It was where the people came together to worship God with love...

  • Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s this mine was active, producing many tons of coal per day. Now it is operated by the city of Beckley as a tourist attraction. It is the only place in America I am aware of where the average person can actually go inside a coal mine, without being a miner.Coal cars on railroad tracks carry visitors through 1,500...

  • Miner's Shanty

    This miner's shanty , measuring 8X12 feet, came from a coal camp in Helen, West Virginia. It is a one room dwelling dating back to the early 1920's. It was built for and occupied by a single miner living away from home while working in the coal mines during a work week. The miners who used these shantys would normaily return to their family home on...

  • Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia

    Located just footsteps away from the Exhibition Coal Mine, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is open to the public year round and available at any time for pre-arranged tour groups. The Youth Museum’s main gallery is made up of four railroad boxcars. The central exhibit area features an average of three different exhibits yearly. Designed...

  • Coal Company House

    Take a few steps back in time and discover what it was like living in a company house in the coal camps of West Virginia. The city of Beckley has restored a three room house from Sprague, West Virginia. The coal camp and house were once owned by the New River Coal Company, dating back from 1925 through the 1940's. A community of houses were built...

  • Mine Superintendent's House

    This three story structure from Skelton, West Virginia was constructed for the mine superintendent to make his home. In 1906 it was called just that; the "super's home". However, all indications that Samuel Dixon, the mine owner, had it built more as a small mansion, resembling those from the countryside of England where he was born. In fact he...

  • Helen Coal Camp School

    This authentic old two room schoolhouse is a part of the Coal Camp that surrounds the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. The building was orginally constructed as a two room school, but as enrollment declined it became a one room school. The school was built in 1925 up a hollow called Berry Branch in Helen, West Virginia. It served black children that...


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  • Not Quite Aussie but Good Beef

    This was my first introduction to The Outback and was a favourable one. The bar was busy, and the service was great. The only thing was that they didn't warn about the copious quantities of food! It was a snowy stormy night and this was a cozy place to forget about the weather outside. I loved the Bloomin' Onion. Now many other places are serving...

  • You'll love 'THE CHAR!"'

    Supposedly Beckley's Best, I found it a mesmorizing MESS! Old school (think 60s!) Clubby Look inside. Slate rock and beige hues.. a small cocktail bar that could be used as the set of the first 3 minutes of a porn flick... Simply tacky! And a dining room that at best looks like a Holida Inn convention hotel banquet room. Sorry for the imagery, but...

  • Italian in Beckley

    Nice place. Convenient Location. Reasonable prices. OK food. (Warm bread doesn't mean tasty bread... good house salad. OK pasta sauce...) Friend had a chicken dish w/ a cream sauce and capers. It looked / smelled much better than my baked ziti. Apparently this is the BEST local Italian restaurant, short of chains. Nice for special occaisions and/or...


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  • Local Crafts

    We were driving from Kentucky to Washington D.C. and kept seeing all these signs on the road saying "Tamarack - xx miles ahead". All those signs got the best of our curiosity and we took the Tamarack exit to see what exactly it was. I thought it was a Native American village...but it is really a huge crafts place for local West Virginia artists....

  • "The Best of West Virginia"

    Tamarack is an amazing handcraft mall in a dramatic circular building in a park-like setting, just off the Interstate Highway 77. It contains America's first and largest collection of juried handcrafts. Here you may observe artists at work in five studios and browse dozens of fine craft shops. Also you will find a great selection of wines from West...

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    Raleigh County Courthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Raleigh County was once a favorite site for fur traders who traveled through the country in search of beaver pelts. The first setters came to the area in 1792: the most prominent of these was Brigadier General Alfred Beckley for whom the City of Beckley was named. Differences of opinion on the issues that brought forth the Civil War led to the creation of the new state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Raleigh County was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, an English soldier, adventurer, and the favorite of Queen Elizabeth, and was formed from parts of Fayette County on January 23, 1850.

    Today Raleigh County has a population of around 80,000 people, making it the 6th largest in the state of West Virginia. It is a thriving commercial hub for the coal mining region of southern West Virginia.

    Municipalities in Raleigh County are Beckley, Lester, Mabscott, Rhodell, and Sophia.

    Total acreage in Raleigh County is 390,496, which is equivalent to 610 square miles.

    Fondest memory: This courthouse is especially significant to me personally because it was here, at the age of 16, in 1961, I preached my first sermon to the inmates in the Raleigh County Jail, which occupies the top floor of the courthouse.

    Raleigh County Courthouse Historical Marker in from of the Courthouse Stephen on the Raleigh County Courthouse Steps Raleigh County Courthouse, Rear View

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